Wild Pixies (Pragmatic Play): Review
Handsome elves, enchanted forests and wild butterflies forms the backbone of this fantasy-themed slot from Pragmatic Play. Here you'll encounter Pixies, the supernatural human-shaped beings that inhabits the 5-reel, 20-payline reel set. The simplicity creates a focused slot in Wild Pixies that rise to a crescendo in the free spins bonus. Play it on all devices, including iOS and Android from 0.20 to 100 Eur a spin.
It's not the most intense game in terms of animations but at least there are some dynamics going on in the backdrop as well as a simple cut-scene to give it some life. Played in a loop, you'll see two tiny elves on both sides of the reels taking off repeatedly. Take a closer look and you'll also see leaves and flowers swaying in the breeze. Nothing too advanced or fancy in that sense but the artwork is elegant.
Set in an enchanted forest, the low-value symbols are represented by A to 9 royals that, alongside the 4 high-value Pixie elves, make up the standard symbol set. The most rewarding out of these is the Pixie king which yields 12.5 times your stake if you land 5 across a payline. The butterfly wild, however, is even more lucrative as it delivers a payout of 25 times your stake for 5 of a kind.
Wild Pixies (Pragmatic Play): Features
There's actually nothing much going on in the base game in terms of features, making it an altogether bonus orientated slot. To gain access, 3 scatters need to appear simultaneously on reels 1, 3 and 5. If you land 2 scatters you can still make it home safe as the Scatter Nudge feature may come into play to shift the third one into position. The probability of the nudge is 70% so it's undoubtedly useful.
Starting with 8 free spins, you're now introduced to a whole new setting with an eery feel to it. The reels remain the same, but on top you'll now see three pairs of empty spaces - whenever a butterfly wild appears on the reels, it fills one of the empty spaces. Every 2 wilds collected will activate a pair of roaming wilds and award you 2 extra free spins. The roaming wilds position themselves in a random position on each spin and in best case scenario you'll end up with 6 roaming wilds.
Wild Pixies (Pragmatic Play): Verdict
It's hard to say what Pragmatic Play had in mind here and what business decisions that lie behind a release like this, but Wild Pixies is definitely not a slot that will evoke much interest on the part of any of the veteran punters in the gambling community. One sure sign of a horribly low-paying slot is the non-existent advertising of the potential in the splash or the paytable. There's is not a word mentioned anywhere.
Initially, we came to the conclusion that it had the capacity to dish out wins in the range of 500x per spin which would be acceptable, but realising there are no fully stacked symbols and that it has a max win potential of 261x on max bet, well, that's probably closer to reality.
Despite being a basic slot and a bit generic looking, Wild Pixies had everything going for it. However, the ridiculous payouts are a complete deal-breaker and something we simply cannot see past. Every provider needs some variety in their catalogue, no doubt about that, but this goes straight into the trash-bin. Wild Pixies is about as exciting as impotence on date night.